Barista is a cafe upstairs in MVG, a galleria in Umeå. It is not the only cafe in the building but it is the only on worth going to. The staff have been, in my experience, delightful and they have both treats and sandwhiches, as well as breakfast choices. They serve coffee, tea, lattes, smoothies and even iced coffees.
Barista does have my favorite cookies in all of Umeå. I’m not sure where they get them from but they’re giant and soft.
The downsides of Barista are, of course, that it’s located in a mall so it can get pretty loud with foot traffic and they don’t have their own bathrooms, as far as I’m aware.
They do have these cute plug ins on the table though if you’re phone is dying and you need an elecricity fix.
It can also be full on occassion so look for a seat before you order if you’re planning to take one.
I know Phong loves the coconut pie/cake creation here and they have these adorable little cupcakes too but I have trouble resisting a good cookie.
Umeå has some pretty amazing cafes and bakeries and I realized that I have quite a few pictures from them, so I’m going to do a few posts to show them off! I’ve been visiting most of these cafes off and on for the past five years.
Mekka is a great bakery and spacious cafe with an amazing selection of treats. It’s a little more pricey than the other cafes in centrum but it’s also open when the others aren’t, which I really appreciate sometimes.
If you’re not familiar with Swedish bakeries, these are some of the usual suspects in pastries.
Oh! One of the reasons I have a soft spot for Mekka is their biskvi (The round ones to the bottom left). Usually, a biskvi has some sort of chocolate buttercream inside. I’ve described this to friends as an entire cake condensed down into one, seemingly average, cookie. Another cafe, Kakmonstret, made a viol biskvi that I fell in love with and have since been on the hunt for more oddly flavored biskvi. Mekka, to my delight, makes a strawberry and a lemon and they are amazing!
Things to know about Mekka if you’re looking for a cafe-
They have food as well as desserts.
The lattes are not always consistant in size. Sometimes it’s tall, sometimes it’s short. I don’t know what’s up with that because I always order a large.
Swedish brownies are unamazing. Just get a kläddkaka, it’s their brownie and it’ll blow your mind if you’re a chocolate lover. (That’s really just something to know about all Swedish cafes.)
It’s on the first floor and has plenty of room if you’re pushing a baby carriage.
The staff is delightful.
The bathroom is not.